Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Raymond E. Graham, Vice Chairman, Cedar Run District

November 10, 2004

Staff Lead:


Anthony I. Hooper, Deputy County Administrator

County Administration


A Resolution to Direct the County Administrator to Schedule a Public Hearing Regarding the Approval of a Contract for the Lease and Operation of a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Concession at the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport


Topic Description:

The Airport Committee has been working to obtain Fixed Base Operator (FBO) services since the current agreement expires on December 31, 2004.  On August 4, 2004, the Committee issued a request for proposals.  On September 20, 2004, two proposals were received and were evaluated by an Airport subcommittee.  On October 25, 2004, The full Airport Committee concurred with the subcommittee report and recommends that the FBO lease and contract be awarded to Essar Aviation.


The contract provides for an initial five (5) year term, subject to renewal for an additional five (5) years upon the consent of both parties.  In the contract, Essar has agreed, at its expense, to install Jet A fueling facilities, to install a self-service full pump, to pay the County $1,000 a month for leased facilities, and to pay a fuel flowage fee related to the amount of fuel pumped.  The County will work with Essar toward the construction of a fourth T-Hangar and a new maintenance building under general terms that have most recently been utilized.  These terms require Essar to provide the local matching share for State funds available for these purposes. A draft of the agreement is attached.


A public hearing will be held in December 2004 to complete the process of leasing property to the FBO.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.


Financial Impacts Analysis:

The new lease provides increased payments to the County.  The net impact is an increase of $30,000 annually for operations.  In addition, future capital requirements are to be funded by Essar rather than the County providing a savings in excess of $100,000.


Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Warrenton-Fauquier Airport

Fauquier County Airport Committee

Essar Aviation